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Billet-doux: A love letter (old fashioned)

Back in the saddle again, @TheSupercargo’s doppleganger rides out for another RT Round-up. Yee-ha! Er, what’s the WOTD again?

RT @lagadu123 Billet-doux: le mot d’amour du jour

Come again?

RT @lithiumzombie What’s the Word of the Day? / “Billet-doux.” / “Bill-a doo? What’s that then?” / “That’s French, innit.”

So of course, some Artwiculati took the opportunity to write love letters (or tweets anyway) to twitter, to the game and to one another.

Both @osmarjardim and @TiddK produced a series of tweets. I’m quoting another of Osmar’s a little later, so let this one stand for all the rest:

RT @TiddK billet-doux > @Tralala56 : Magnificent Madge’s love letters to Timorous Tim were accompanied by a hail of sharp letter-openers
[And we all loved her for it! This tweet won @TiddK the crown for this WOTD.]

I thought @TiddK’s tweets especially well crafted. And there were 30 or so of them!

What is a love letter, though? Judging by today’s Artwiculate tweets it can be … An action:

RT @ariandalen Each trip to the recycling center, each tree planted, is a billet-doux to the Earth. #artwiculate

A vision:

RT @Squawkingalah A flock of pink and grey galahs. A billet-doux from out of the blue.

An emotion:

RT @dmriver Dearest Sally, Your billet-doux takes my breath away. I am leashed to you, your panting, your paws. Walk with me.

An adolescent crush:

RT @InVinceWil His little Fifth Grade / billet-doux: check ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ / from “Guess-Who,” third row. #haiku #artwiculate

An act of love:

RT @Audacee Disappearing ink ~ billet-doux scrawled on my skin ~ by skillful fingers #senryu #artwiculate

A stepping stone on the way to joy:

RT @jneen8 The four steps to Happily Ever after: 1. Coup de foudre, 2. Billet-doux, 3. La vie en rose 4. La joie de vivre. (Et voila!) #artwiculate

Perhaps it can be anything at all:

RT @pn8r Genuine and true / make a billet-doux / whether violets be red / or roses blue #truelovemakesanythingabilletdoux

But then it can also be ambiguous:

RT @celticgladiator A suicide note or a billet-doux. You decide, its up to you.

RT @BurningHawk1969 I put your billet-doux in a bullet-box for ammunition in a future quarrel. #artwiculate

And a source of pain:

RT @honeygloom I wrote the wind a billet-doux and it slammed the door right in my face.

RT @MaryJenkins He read her scrawled billet-doux on a crumpled cocktail napkin saturated with Johnny Walker. “It’s a shame I can’t remember your name.” #vss

A stored memory of secret sweetness:

RT @imjustjillh billet-doux in a box…tied with twine…tucked away, forgotten and faded with time #artwiculate #billet-doux

A commercial opportunity:

RT @K_Geddings I’m opening a small stand to sell hyphens from my punctuation plant. Ya’ll can’t do Billet-Doux without ’em.

And a stumbling into comedy:

RT @marcosarroyos Harry finished his Twitter billet-doux. Before he could send it, he crashed into a light pole. Texting while walking.

Perhaps it’s better not to write one at all?

RT @baccatum Rule #1. The billet-doux is a no-no. Nothing in writing. Just in case. Rule #2. NO videotapes. Can’t stress this one enough. I know.

But if you must write, do remember:

RT @mazpowles Some billet-doux sn’ don’ts: Do write from the heart. Do remember her name. Don’t return with punctuation or spelling corrections

Perhaps the most straightforward thing is to stick to those three words …

RT @osmarjardim 6 propinquity of billet-doux 1~ I love you 2~ I love you 3~ I love you 4~ I love you 5~ I love you 6~ I love you.

But never forget the danger:

RT @harrarp It was tragic how, after a billet-doux or two their love became stationary.

And who knows what may be written of you after you are gone?

RT @EccleStoned RIP Ms. Billet-Doux. She could’ve been more composed.

RT @Wifsie RIP: My Lord Billet-Doux – should have used a French letter. #artwiculate

RT @mwartwiculate Billet-doux is not my lover. She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one. #artwiculate #StupidSongLyrics

Regardless, there are always some who just don’t care:

RT @tWordBird The early bird, she gets her worm ~ It’s odd, but very true ~ That she prefers her worms w/dew ~ O’er any billet-doux! #poem

Twitter has been very skittish today about searches. It doesn’t seem to like billets-doux. But there, at last, you have my round-up.

A quick parenthetical greeting newcomers to my RT round-up @ariandalen @jneen8 @Audacee & @honeygloom and then …

I hope all followers enjoyed it! Handing off now to @TheSupercargo.

Artwiculate is a game played on Twitter. Visit for more information. The winning tweet and the most popular runners up for today’s word are listed at (And, for addicts, don’t forget Salon ArtWois at )

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